Virginia Senate Kills “Personhood” Bill
One day after Governor Bob McDonnell requested changes to Virginia’s controversial bill requiring ultrasounds before an abortion, the Virginia Senate has effectively killed a bill that would have given legal rights to fertilized eggs:
In a stunning turn of events, the Virginia Senate has voted 24-14 to scuttle a bill that would have given fertilized eggs the same legal rights as people.
Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, proposed that House Bill 1, which had passed the Senate Education and Health Committee earlier today on an 8-7 party line vote, be sent back to the committee and carried over to the 2013 legislative session for further discussion and deliberation.
Then Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, the Republican leader of the Senate, rose to support the motion, saying that the issues raised by the bill are more complex and far-reaching than previously thought and merit further study.
The vote effectively kills the bill for the year.
If not longer. Next year is an election year in Virginia, not just for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, but also for the legislature. It seems unlikely that Republicans would be willing to put this issue back out there right before an election given how unpopular it has become.